“Yes, we’re all individuals!” – A Strict, Simple Biblical Case Against Abortion

“Yes, we’re all individuals!” – A Strict, Simple Biblical Case Against Abortion

Before we begin, some reference scripture:

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:13-16

And:

4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:4-5

Two examples from a sea thereof, that God knows, loves and has anointed our lives for His work long before we are formed in the womb. In the Psalm, David is suffering from what amounts to an insecure moment, and over the course of the poem illuminates four very important insecurities and God’s answer for them. This excerpt is from the section of the Psalm where David tackles the issue of his individuality and worth. Lets tackle it bit by bit before we delve into the meaning of God’s words to Jeremiah.

David says, “you created my innermost being,” referring of course to our eternal souls, then goes on to say that God, “knit me together in my mother’s womb.” I believe the juxtaposition of these two statements is no accident, as it gives hint to the reason David used the word he does in the following verse: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Now, why fearfully? It is in our nature as humans to fear that which we don’t understand, and the core miracle of human birth is the attachment of the soul to this mass of flesh and bone. It is something science cannot explain and philosophers have never adequately understood, and thus it is to be feared (read: respected) as an act of God. The adjective “wonderfully” is explained in the next verse, when David notes, “your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Next we see David go on to illustrate the omnipotence of God, continuing a theme from earlier in the Psalm. Not only does God “see” the unborn child, but all the days of that child’s life are foreordained before a single breath is taken. Now, on to Jeremiah.

David’s statement that the days of his life were ordained before the first of them came to be is echoed by God himself as he speaks to Jeremiah, selecting him as His herald to His people. God says to Jeremiah, “before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah had been selected and appointed a prophet long before he drew breath, by God’s own words.

So, there is overwhelming evidence available in the bible to assert the humanity of the unborn, at any stage of development, from the moment of conception (and before, but we’re only concerned about the physical here). It is therefore impossible for me to comprehend how any Christian individual or organization could support either the act of abortion or those who advance the culture of death that is the “right to choose” worldwide. That some could reduce this premeditated act of murder to a form of birth control or family planning shows an astounding lack of honesty.

3 Comments

  1. I don’t think lack of honesty is the right thing, I think those people honestly believe they are helping society by spouting this crap. These people have an agenda, usually one of thinning the world of undesirables, that they believe will help humanity flourish. They honestly believe that by weeding out the poor and those of color that humanity will get back on track and the woes of the world will cease. Of course, I also think that they are seriously deluded. If I may use an analogy, it’s like a group of people deciding that pepper is the ultimate spice and everything should be flavored with pepper, every other spice should be eliminated, and if only everything were flavored with pepper then there would be peace and harmony and proper tastiness forever. As you can see, this kind of philosophy is very biased and would obviously not work on a global scale with so many different types of spices and flavors and combinations, etc. The strange thing, though, is that if you told a pepper person that you simply didn’t like pepper, they would brand you as closed-minded.

    Now how’s that for an analogy πŸ™‚

  2. You know, I’ve heard that near-genocidal approach to the abortion debate before, but the first time dismissed it as hyperbole. That’s staggering to me. It’s ironic that the very people perpetuating such ideals are the same ones going on television to proclaim their savior status for these very same “undesirables.”

    As I said on the RedState discussion for this article, this piece is an admonishment for the Christians out there to get their heads straight. It’s not a legalistic or evidential argument, but strictly biblical.

    And when I say lack of honesty, I mean intellectual and spiritual honesty. When you pick and choose from the Bible as though it were a buffet, you’re being dishonest, whether you realize it or not. The Bible is a complete work, and is uniquely self-corroborating. Denial of even the smallest part unravels the rest. All too often people like to pick and choose the bits that agree with their prejudicial ideology and toss anything that is politically inexpedient.

    On abortion, only astounding ignorance of His word OR of the nature of the procedure could possibly comfort a pro-choice Christian. Whether that’s ignorance born of choice or of circumstance, someone needs to rock the boat and wake these people up.

  3. It isn’t hyperbole, unfortunately. The founders of the modern “pro-choice” (read abortion) movement all had a eugenics background. Sadly this philosophy can be found even at the highest levels.

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jul/09070901.html

    RE Honesty… Ah I see what you mean. Having talked with a number of these people (I engage in apologetics from time to time), I’ve found that there are a number of camps: the first are those who honestly don’t know that what is growing within them is a child; the others are those who know that it is a child but for some reason (convenience, guilt, agenda, etc.) ignore that fact because they believe their “reason” supersedes the rights of the child.

    I have always fought against people who try to take a piecemeal approach to the Bible. The Bible is God’s word, He is the principle author, every word in there is sacred. You can’t ignore one section without reverting to eisegesis.

    And I agree, someone needs to rock the boat πŸ™‚

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